Board of Trustees Directory

Todd Asbury

David Bailey

Chairman of the Board; Consultant and Lobbyist, David Bailey Associates


A.A., Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
B.A., History & Speech, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee
M.Div., Psychiatry & Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
M.A., American Civilization, New York University, New York City
S.T.D., Pastoral Studies, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo


David Bailey is president of David Bailey Associates, a full-service public relations, government affairs, and lobbying firm located immediately adjacent to the state capital in Richmond, Virginia. He publishes a quarterly magazine, Virginia Capitol Connections, as well as a legislative directory. Additionally, he hosts a weekly TV show, “This Week in Richmond,” where he interviews state legislators and administrators. Over the years he has been appointed by Governors and the General Assembly to serve on a wide variety of boards and commissions. He has also pastored a number of Virginia Baptist churches.

His service to his alma mater includes serving on the Board of Trustees since 2008 (which he currently chairs), including service on the Advancement Committee and chairing the Committee on Trustees. He also chairs the Capturing the Imagination Campaign, is a member of the RAM Booster Club, and is a founding member of the RAM Football Booster Club. He has also served as president of the Bluefield College Alumni Association. He even taught American History during the 1966-67 academic year.

David and his wife, Judith, reside in Richmond. They have two grown daughters, Kristen and Lisa. David enjoys photography, writing, entertaining, and playing with grandchildren in his free time. He is also known for performing as Mark Twain.

Rebecca Beckett



B.A., Spanish and English, Colorado Women’s College
M.S., Secondary School Administration and Supervision, Radford University


Becky continues to serve Bluefield College on the Board of Trustees as did her father, mother, and husband before her.

In addition to the degrees listed above, Becky completed post-graduate work at Western Kentucky University and the University of Virginia.

She recently retired from teaching in public schools for 43 years. For seven years, she also taught Spanish at Bluefield College. Becky's experience includes tutoring Bluefield College students and teaching English as a Second Language to adults. She has served as a presenter at two SAACS conventions.

As a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Becky is a Daughter of the King, serves as a lay reader, and as a chalice bearer. She actively participates on the Altar Guild and is the Acolyte mistress for the church.

A native of Bluefield, West Virginia, Becky is married to her high school sweetheart, John. They have three adult sons: Preston, Keith (a BC grad), and Anthony.

She is an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Bluefield (WV) and a Paul Harris Fellow and a benefactor of the Rotary Foundation. She has served as a spouse trainer at multiple Rotary Zone Institutes throughout the southeastern United States.

Becky enjoys reading, cooking, watching Duke basketball, and “cheering on” the Bluefield College Rams.

Thomas Brewster

Superintendent, Pulaski County Public Schools


Bluefield College
Radford University
Virginia Tech


Thomas Brewster serves as Superintendent for Pulaski County Public Schools, where he previously served as the Deputy Superintendent of Schools. Brewster has been a teacher, principal, and university professor. He recently served on the Education Transition Team for Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe, and was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Community College Board. Brewster had also been appointed by Governor Kaine to the Virginia State Board of Education in 2006. His term expired in January 2010. He has been involved in other notable education causes, including Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Career Education Foundation, Chairman of the Advisory Board for Adult Education and Literacy, Board of Directors for the National Association of State Boards of Education, President of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind Education Foundation, Chair of the Board for Communities in Schools (CIS) of SWVA, member of the CIS of VA Board of Directors, and member of the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors. Brewster was born and raised in Virginia and educated in Virginia’s public schools and universities. He holds degrees from Bluefield College, Radford University, and completed his doctorate from Virginia Tech. Brewster currently resides in Falls Mills (VA), with his wife, Debra, and three daughters.

Joshua Cornett

Assistant Principal, Staunton River High School


B.S., Mathematics, Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia


Josh Cornett is an assistant principal at Staunton River High School in Bedford County, Virginia. He started his teaching career at Jefferson Forest High School in Bedford County, teaching Algebra. He was named the 2008 Jefferson Forest High School Teacher of the Year. Josh began his career as an assistant principal in Bedford County in 2009, after serving as a teacher for six years.

Josh is a 2003 graduate of Bluefield College. During his time at Bluefield, he played varsity baseball and served as a student ambassador, Student Union Board President, and Student Government President.

Josh married his college sweetheart, Heather, who is also a 2003 Bluefield College graduate. Josh and Heather have one son, Porter, and are expecting another child in November 2014. The Cornetts reside in Bedford County (VA). Josh is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Virginia Tech and anticipates graduation in 2015. Josh enjoys watching the Baltimore Orioles, collecting autographs, and metal detecting.

David Dockery



First Baptist Church
Princeton, West Virginia

Martha Dodd-Slippy

Patricia Douglas

Vice President and Bookkeeper, Douglas Equipment


B.S., Mathematics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia


Patricia Kelly Douglas was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. She attended W.V.U., where she graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics. She and her husband, Larry, moved to Bluefield (WV), and in 1976, they began their first business. With Larry as President, Patricia handles the financial side of their corporation. Today, they are known for Douglas Equipment, a national wholesaler of food service and restaurant equipment. They have a government bid and Internet presence, as well as regional installation and a service department.

Patricia enjoyed tennis as a player and as a high school coach. Now, she mentors high school students, travels, and entertains in her free time. The Douglass worship with friends through North Point Church Online in their home.

The Douglas family includes Lance and Emily Douglas, Kelly and Adam Johnson, and their five grandchildren.

Keith Edwards

Trustee Emeritus

Gordon Grimes

Chairman of the Committee on Trustees; Private Financial Advisor and Senior VP at SunTrust Bank


Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia – Business Administration with Concentration in Management
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina – Certificate in Financial Planning
Securities Licensed – 7, 66, 24; Life, Disability and Long Term Care Insurance


Gordon Grimes is the Private Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President for SunTrust Private Wealth Management in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gordon instills his business philosophy into each client relationship – combining a superior client service ethic with an experienced team based approached to achieve our client’s goals. This team based approach gives our clients deep expertise in Retirement and Estate Planning, Investment Management, Trusts, Business Succession, Liquidity Management, and Banking and Insurance Solutions.

Gordon graduated from Bluefield College in 1994. He joined the board in 2012. Gordon shares a great family legacy with Bluefield College. He met his lovely wife, Lora Napier Grimes, during his time at Bluefield. His parents, Gordon Grimes Sr and Iva Roberts Grimes both attended Bluefield in the early 60’s and married shortly after graduating. In addition, Lora’s mother, Janie Sink Napier also graduated from Bluefield in the mid 1960’s.

Gordon and Lora have three wonderful children. Gordon’s other charitable interests include involvement with the Frances Lacy Foundation, former treasurer and board member for the Burning Coal Theatre, service as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher along with several other roles within Hayes Barton Baptist Church, YMCA’s Triangle Y-Guides and past chairman of the Parkinson’s Center of Raleigh.

Michael Harris

Pharmacy Manager; PRN Relief Pharmacist


B.A., Biology, Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
Pharm.D., Doctor of Pharmacy, Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia


Michael Harris serves as Pharmacy Manager of Walmart Pharmacy in Bluefield (VA), and PRN Relief Pharmacist at Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands (VA). Michael has been a pharmacist for 13 years with experience in hospital, retail, compounding, and long-term care home infusion pharmacy. He has been a preceptor in the Experiential Pharmacy Practice Programs at Appalachia College of Pharmacy in Grundy (VA), Shenandoah University, and Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

Michael's service to BC includes membership on the Board of Trustees and the Advancement and Facilities Committee. He is currently on the External Advisory Committee for the Bluefield College School of Nursing. Michael also served on the Alumni Board from 2010 to 2014, and is a founding member of the Bluefield College football program. In addition, he was an adjunct faculty member, teaching Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry in the Spring of 2007. Michael was the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumnus of the Year Award.

He and his wife, Heather, reside in Bluefield. Heather is a physician assistant with Team Health, Princeton Community Hospital, and MedExpress Urgent Care. She also attended Bluefield College and proceeded to graduate from Liberty University (VA). Michael and Heather enjoy traveling, gardening, landscaping, watching sports, hiking, and biking. They also share a love for animals, especially their cat, Max. Both worship at Destiny Outreach Ministry in Springville (VA).

Bob Houck

Farmer and Farm Credit of the Virginias Retiree


A.S., Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
B.S., Business Administration, VPI, Blacksburg, Virginia


Bob Houck is a beef farmer of a cow/calf operation. He worked primarily at Culpeper Coop and Farm Credit. He was a loan officer, branch manager, and Sr. Vice President of Finance and Administrative Service with Farm Credit. Bob is an active Ruritan member of the Lignum club and has been active on the district and national levels in Ruritan. He served as National Director, National Secretary, National Vice President, and was the 1987 National President. Bob also served as a trustee of the Ruritan National Foundation and as the 2007 President of the Foundation. He began serving on the Culpeper County School Board in 2009. He and his wife, Shirley, live in Culpeper, Virginia.

Cookie Johnson


Gardners Chapel Primitive Baptist (Bristol, Virginia)
Bluefield, Virginia

Sid Lanier

Retired Quality Assurance Analyst for Anheuser-Busch


Williamsburg Community Chapel
Williamsburg, Virginia

Chris Lawson

Secretary of the Board of Trustees; Executive Pastor, Reynolda Church


B.A., Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
M.Div., Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston Salem, North Carolina
M.A., American Religious Traditions, Wake Forest University
D.Min. (with Dissertation), Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California


Chris Lawson serves as the Executive Pastor of Reynolda Church, a growing multisite congregation, alive in the Spirit, contemporary in worship, and brimming with the good news of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Chris is particularly interested in how God leverages both the church and culture to make the name of His son known and renowned in the world.

Lawson graduated summa cum laude from Bluefield College in 2001. In addition, he holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in American Religious History from Wake Forest University, where he received the Samuel & Sarah Wait Fellowship in Theology & Ministry and Wake Forest Graduate Fellowship, and a Doctorate of Ministry (with Dissertation) from Fuller Theological Seminary.

In addition to his local church ministry, Chris serves as the Chief Creative Officer of the non-profit organization The Essential Group: a group of creative thinkers who strive to provide essential resources and serves to empower churches in effectively reaching families through their students and training young leaders to change their world.

Chris and his beautiful wife, Merri, have three very extraordinary children, Adam, Ellie, and Zachary, and their delightful, twelve-pound puppy, Lucy! They reside in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where the sky is always Carolina Blue!

Jack Marcom


Fredericksburg, Virginia

Sarah Reid

Middle School Coordinator, Office of Student Support Services


Bluefield College
B.A., Elementary Education, Virginia Tech
M.S., Special Education, Radford University


Sarah is Middle School Coordinator, Office of Student Support Services, for Spotsylvania County Schools. She works with middle school administrators and staff in supporting students with disabilities. Sarah has previous teaching experience in Giles, Carroll, and Mathews County Public Schools. She resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she is active in her church, Wilderness Community Church, and also sings with the Voices of the Pops, a community chorus whose members perform with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra. Sarah has three sons and three grandchildren.

Kenneth Russell

CEO, Cottages Group, Inc.


Abingdon Baptist Church
Abingdon, Virginia

Charlotte Sacre

Associate, Thompson & Litton (T&L)


University of Georgia
Furman University
Virginia Tech
Protocol School of Washington


Charlotte is an active volunteer in her church, community, and Bluefield College projects and activities. She is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, EPC of Bluefield, West Virginia.

Craig Stout

Wistar Trent

Retired Banker


Bluefield College, 1966-68
B.A., History, Virginia Tech, 1968-70


Mr. Trent is retired with over 40 years experience in the banking and commercial finance industry, having worked for Bank of America, CIT Corporation, and SunTrust Bank. His career includes management roles in Credit Risk, Loan Portfolio Review, New Business Product Development/Platform Design, and Commercial Relationship Management of both large and small businesses. In addition to his direct banking experience, he also owned a consulting firm that provided credit services to secondary lenders in the small business market. Mr. Trent and his wife, Shannon, reside in Richmond, Virginia. They have two adult sons.

Charles Warren

Retired Teacher, Researcher, and Senior Administrator


Christ Episcopal
Blacksburg, Virginia

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